Board of Directors
Dr. Patricia Morrissey, President
Consultant, Disability Policy
Dr. Morrissey is the former Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities within the Administration for Family and Children in the US Department on Health and Human Services. She is currently a consultant on disability policy.
John Wodatch, Vice President
John Wodatch served for 42 years in the Federal government, where he authored the government’s comprehensive disability rights regulations for Section 504 and the ADA and created and led the Department of Justice’s section in charge of enforcing the ADA. He was also part of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations that helped develop the CRPD. He continues working internationally by assisting countries with their own disability rights laws and working to seek U.S ratification of the CRPD.
Marca Bristo, Past President
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
Marca Bristo is President and CEO of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago’s center for independent living. She served as the Chair of the National Council on Disability, and the President of the National Council on Independent Living.
Glen White, Secretary
Research and Training Center on Independent Living
University of Kansas
Dr. White is Director of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas and has worked in the field of rehabilitation and independent living for more than 30 years. Since 1997, he has conducted research and training to build capacity and disability leadership in Peru.
David Hutt, Treasurer
Senior Staff Attorney
National Disability Rights Network
David Hutt is senior staff attorney at the National Disability Rights Network. He has provided training and manages the Representative Payee Review Project, and works on issues related to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Candace Cable has competed in 9 Paralympic Games, 4 Summer and 5 Winter Games from 1980 to 2006 in 3 sports, wheelchair racing, alpine and Nordic ski racing, winning 12 Paralympic medals, 8 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze. Winner of 84 marathons including 6 Boston Marathon titles, she is the current Paralympic skiing athlete representative to the USOC athlete advisory council. Candace is writer, webcast host, visual media creator, and United Nations representative for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
US Business Leadership Network
Jill Houghton is the Executive Director of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN ) and most recently served as the Executive Director of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel.
President and Executive Director
Axel Leblois is the President and Executive Director of G3ict, the global initiative for inclusive ICT’s, spent over 20 years as the helm of international technology companies in the United States, and served as a Senior Special Fellow of the United Nations Institute on Training and Research
Developmental Disabilities Institute
Wayne State University
Barbara LeRoy is a disability consultant to the Ministries of Education in New Zealand, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.
Janet Lord Board of Amnesty International USA Member Janet Lord is an international human rights lawyer who has worked on disability rights advocacy for 15 years. She participated in the drafting of the CRPD, written extensively on disability rights issues, and worked with disabled peoples’ organizations (DPOs) around the world. She serves on the Board of Amnesty International USA and teaches international disability rights at American University.
Director of Public Policy
Susan Mazui is the Director of Public Policy of AT&T. She has served on two terms of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee, as well as on the national advisory committees of the Telecommunications Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center and the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC).
Jerry McCloskey Representative State of Wisconsin Jerry McCloskey is a graduate of Marquette University and serves as a Board member of Independence First, Milwaukee, WI, executive and advocacy committees. He is one of the State of Wisconsin representatives working with USICD on the quest for ratification of the CRPD, and is a polio survivor.
Faith McCormick Director of Programs Faith McCormick is focused on outreach, collaboration, cultural competency and advocacy. Her 10-year tenure as the Director of Programs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, continued her path of learning and collaborating with Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). In 2015, she participated in two workshops in Istanbul. She trained NGOs on self-advocacy, disability laws, programs, and the CRPD implementation.
Shelia Newman President New Editions Consulting, Inc. Shelia Newman is President of New Editions Consulting, Inc., a government consulting firm specializing in contracts that focus on vulnerable populations, especially people with disabilities. Ms. Newman has been in the field of disability for 30 years, directing research studies, developing educational materials and more recently overseeing work on international disability programs. She volunteers for and supports numerous disability organizations and has won awards for the company's inclusion of people with disabilities. Ms. Newman has a M.S. in rehabilitation counseling.
President and Founder
Women Enabled, Inc.
Stephanie Ortoleva is an international human rights lawyer, researcher and consultant and is the President and Founder of Women Enabled, Inc., a Non-Governmental Organization which educates and advocates for the rights of all women and persons with disabilities with a special focus on women and girls with disabilities through collaborations with organizations of women and girls with disabilities around the world.
International Consultant on Disability Inclusion in the Workplace
Debra Perry currently works with governments, universities, international organizations and employers to promote the human rights and business cases of inclusion. She is the former Senior Specialist in Disability Inclusion at the International Labor Organization in Geneva (five years) and spent an additional 8 years as the ILO Senior Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok prior to that.
Taylor Hooton Foundation
Neil Romano has served as Assistant Secretary of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). He also has written and directed films portraying the experiences of people with disabilities and served on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He is a consultant to Major League Baseball and Wal-Mart on disability issues. He is a person with dyslexia who is presently battling leukemia.
Disability Rights International
Eric Rosenthal is the founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International, an organization dedicated to the protection and community integration of children and adults with disabilities worldwide.
Director, Disability Rights Fund
Diana Samarasan is the director of the Disability Rights Fund, a grant maker to disabled people’s organizations in developing countries that are advocating for improved implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Virginia Knowlton Marcus Executive Director Disability Rights Maryland
For over a decade, Virginia Knowlton Marcus has been the Executive Director of Disability Rights Maryland, a nonprofit law firm and Maryland’s Protection & Advocacy organization, mandated to advance the civil rights of people with all types of disabilities, of all ages, statewide. Ms. Knowlton Marcus has been advocating for people with disabilities on a broad array of issues at state, federal and international levels for nearly 25 years. She is the former Executive Director of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation in Washington, DC, where she worked on disability related federal policy, grant-making, and development projects in Africa and Central America. Ms. Knowlton Marcus also spent a decade at Disability Rights California in various capacities including Director of Public Policy. Her experience includes a California Assembly Fellowship, staffing the Ways & Means Committee. Ms. Knowlton Marcus earned her J.D. and B.A. in International Relations/World Politics at the University of California, Davis. She has lived and studied German and Spanish abroad. She is an Officer of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) Board of Directors, and co-chairs the NDRN Legislative Committee.
General Counsel and Director of Policy
National Council on Disability
Joan Durocher is General Counsel and Director of Policy at the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress about issues of importance to people with disabilities.